Model Minority: Good or Bad?

TIME Magazine - Asian American Whiz KidsModel Minority: (as defined on Wikipedia)

Model minority refers to a minority ethnic, racial, or religious group whose members achieve a higher degree of success than the population average. This success is typically measured in income, education, and related factors such as low crime rate and high family stability. Critics of this terminology say that it amounts to racial stereotyping, and that its use may be a political tool and its implications incite jealousy and fighting among ethnic minorities, an example of leveraging majority power dynamics to provoke ill sentiments between minority groups.

As a student of Asian American Studies, I realize the topic of Model Minority could warrant its own 12 week course, but let’s just take a whack at it shall we?

  • Is the Model Minority a myth? What truth(s) lie in this?
  • What are the positives of the “Model Minority” stereotype? Negatives?
  • Are good stereotypes good? Are good stereotypes bad?
  • Why should (or shouldn’t) Asian Americans fight the Model Minority stereotype?
  • Discuss.

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